PFF stillness waiting for IATF approval on football return
By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno June 30, 2020, 7:55 am
MANILA – The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) is still waiting for the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to approve the guidelines it has form so that football matches, especially the Philippines Football League, can resume despite the coronavirus malady 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
The PFF already submitted a 26-page "operations protocols" to the Games and Amusements Board, which consign then confirm them to the IATF for its later approval in hopes of finally pushing through with the stalled Philippines Football League (PFL) season.
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The protocols are expected to be used for other PFF-organized events like the Regional Festival of Football, PFF Womens League, the PFF U15 and U17 Boys Championships, and the PFF U16 and U18 Regional Championships, which are postponed like the PFL until other notice.
According to the PFF, the protocols are based on the guidelines form by football leagues which retain already reciprocal to play.
The German Bundesliga finally flawless its season on Saturday with Bayern Munich already clinching the championship two weeks before that.
The English Premier League further requited to play, and Liverpool recent a 30-year drought for a top disjoining championship on Friday (Philippine Time) with some aid from Chelsea, which shut down Manchester Citys last gasp to hold the term with a 2-1 home win. Liverpool did so with a record-setting seven matches to spare.
The LaLiga Santander moreover common to theatre with Real Madrid and Barcelona engaging in a taut championship battle.
The PFF furthermore said that it adopted the guidelines jell by FIFA and the World Health Organization regarding the health and safety of players.
PFF president Nonong Araneta recently set a June 15 restart of apprenticeship in hopes that restrictions in Metro Manila and Laguna consign be eased to the modified normal commune quarantine (MGCQ) at that occasion so that it can finally push through with the PFL season by July 15.
However, President Rodrigo Duterte kept the two provinces unbefitting GCQ, effectively postponing anew the PFL kickoff. Duterte commit tell the novel lockdown classifications by Tuesday.
With the supposed novitiate plan already stalled by the extension of GCQ, the chances of the PFL pushing through with the 2020 season bluefish got bleaker.
But according to a sportswriter tarpaulin football, the PFL should stillness push through even if it may start as overdue as September.
"The nut in me ang magsasalita na di siya pwedeng ma-cancel (The seed in me entrust recite you that it must not be canceled)," Jaimer dela Cruz of Huddle PH said.
He oral 2020 have to be the year that the "fruits of labor," that is, the positive effects, of the "Miracle in Hanoi" in 2010 commit go flawless bloom.
"2020 is supposed to be the year na nage-enjoy na tayo sa fruits of labor na yun (that we should be enjoying those fruits of labor)," dela Cruz added.
Since that "Miracle", in which the Azkals shocked the Southeast Asian football district after blanking Vietnam, 2-0, in the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup band stages, football made its incline in the Philippines.
The Azkals are currently the third-best couple in Southeast Asia based on the gone FIFA rankings and at one mark were unit one in the region.
The biggest breakthrough came last year when the Azkals qualified for the AFC Asian Cup for the peak time, even coming close to forcing a sketch condemn perennial powerhouse South Korea.
The ripening besides precept cudgel football taking the needed hype and improvement, principal to Philippine clubs like Global Makati, Kaya Iloilo, and Ceres Negros competing in the AFC Cup.
This besides adage Azkals like Martin Steuble and Patrick Deyto obtaining signed up overseas especially in Thailand, which has the toughest finest tier cooperative in the ASEAN region.
Some others, like Daisuke Sato and Neil Etheridge, hold found themselves playing prime division football in Europe.
Sato once strutted his wares in Romania, while Etheridge helped Cardiff City knot promotion to the Premier League in 2019 and became the finest Filipino to inspire in the league.
The biggest positive letter league-wise came after it was announced that the Philippines consign hold two representatives to the 2021 AFC Champions League (AFCCL).
This years PFL upholder cede earn an outright seat in the league stages of the AFCCL, while the runner-up commit be playing in the qualifying rounds.
Dela Cruz said the PFL ought peace go on so that the local players could procure into amusement shape in anticipation of an Azkals callup for the AFF Suzuki Cup.
The AFF Suzuki Cup has been tentatively scheduled from Nov. 23-Dec. 31, but according to the PFF, the dates are quiet content to AFFs approval.
"Paano tayo magpa-participate (How can we participate) if the PFL is tranquillity not playing?" dela Cruz quipped, citing that the further Southeast Asian nations hold begun restarting their football leagues. (PNA)
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